{SBB Bride of the Week} Rachel

R A C H E L  +  J O S H

{June 2nd, 2018}

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

Meet our beautiful bride, Rachel!

She chose a gorgeous fitted Stella York gown for her June wedding.

With it's beaded lace and scalloped edges, this dress was absolutely perfect on Rachel!

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

For her flowers, Rachel worked with Flowers by Steen to create a gorgeous bouquet filled with peaches, pinks and pops of rose gold and greenery.

The results were absolutely stunning!

In addition to her bouquet, Rachel also carried a picture charm in memory of her mother. Her aunt gifted her the charm the day before the wedding.

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

Before the ceremony, Rachel and her husband Josh wanted to share a first look together.

Rachel's bridesmaids snuck a sneak peek through the windows as With Love Productions captured the special moment.

Rachel and Josh were married at DiNolfo's Banquets of Homer Glen.

Accents of pink and flowers decorated the space.

This burgundy and pink color scheme is so gorgeous!

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

After the ceremony, guests headed to the ballroom for a night full of dinner, drinks and dancing!

The cake kept with the pink theme with a sparkle layer added for some glamour.

We love their wedding favors - packets of flower seeds! So cute!

{Photos by: With Love Productions}

We've seen their beautiful wedding day, let's get to know the newlyweds a little better!

How did they meet? 

"We met through my Maid of Honor. She worked at a grocery store called Berkots with Josh and set us up. We went on a double date and we hit it off right away, never spending a day apart since then which was 5 years ago."

Tell us about the proposal..

"Josh proposed to me where we had our first date which was at a bowling alley in Kankakee called Brookmont Bowling. He proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2016."

Was it a surprise or did Rachel know it was coming?

"I would say the proposal location and day was a surprise to me but we had talked about getting married one day. I knew he was thinking about proposing soon as he dropped subtle hints but I had no idea when it would exactly be."

When it was time to start looking for her dress, Rachel had hard time finding the right gown her...

"My dress buying experience was definitely a long one. I would say I tried on at least 50 dresses before I found the perfect one. I went to about five locations before I found my perfect dress at Something Blue! Many friends had suggested Something Blue Bridal to me and I thought I would give it a try! So glad I made the choice to drive over an hour to find my dress."

When did she finally feel like she found her dream dress?

"I tried on about 12 dresses before I found my dress. It was the 2nd to last dress I tried on and was definitely not the style I was looking for as I originally had the ball gown style dress in mind all along. When I tried on this style I knew it was the perfect dress for me."

We couldn't agree more! After finding the dress it was time to buckle down and plan the wedding. What was Rachel's fave part of the planning process?

"Always having something to plan in my spare time. I really enjoyed surfing the internet and always looking for the next wedding item on my list. Wedding planning was very exciting for me as I love decorating and seeing the final project come together."

Some parts of planning were harder than others...

"My least favorite part would be finding the perfect wedding favor. It took me so long to find a cute wedding favor that was not outrageous in price. I had 2.5 years to plan my wedding and it took me almost 2 years to find the perfect wedding favor."

But we LOVE the favor she chose!

When the wedding day arrived, Rachel's favorite moment was her special time with her hubby....

"My favorite moment from my wedding was doing our first look and reading our vows to each other. I am so glad we got it all captured on video! I also enjoyed spending the most amazing day of my life with all my closest family members and friends."

With the big day over, what is Rachel's biggest takeaway from wedding planning?

"Do things slowly and give yourself enough time. I was engaged for 2.5 years and still feel like I could have had more time to plan. Work on one step at a time and then move onto the next task to get done or the next thing to buy on your list."

Any final advice for brides-to-be who are currently planning their big day? 

"The best piece of advice I could give to future brides would be to enjoy the moments for what they are, even if something goes wrong. In the end everything will be alright and your wedding will be the best day of your life."

Thank you so much, Rachel and Josh, for letting us share you gorgeous wedding day!! Check out more of their beautiful pics in the gallery below!